Guterres calls on Morocco and the Polisario to show restraint


The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, called on Morocco and the Polisario Front “to adhere to the utmost restraint and to defuse any tensions.”

This came in a statement of the spokesman for the Secretary-General, “Stephen Dugrik”, on Saturday evening, after a group of activists loyal to the Polisario Front closed the road leading to the Al-Karakat border crossing earlier Sunday.

Guterres ‘concern about the increasing tensions in Western Sahara due to the intention of the Eco Africa Rally to pass through the Karakat (Sub-Saharan) crossing towards Mauritania, “the statement of the spokesperson, of which Anatolia reached a copy, expressed Guterres’ concern over the increasing tensions in Western Sahara.

The Secretary-General called on “all actors to exercise the utmost restraint and to defuse any tensions.”

The statement added that “it is important to allow the passage of a regular civil and commercial movement and to refrain from any action that might constitute a change in the status quo in the buffer zone.”

In the statement, the Secretary-General stressed, “The United Nations is committed to supporting the Moroccan and Polisario parties to reach a just, lasting and acceptable political solution to the conflict in the Sahara region in accordance with Security Council resolutions.”

A conflict began between Morocco and the “Polisario” over the Sahara region, in 1975, after the end of the Spanish occupation and its presence in the region, and it turned into an armed conflict, which lasted until 1991, then stopped with the signing of a cease-fire agreement, under the auspices of the United Nations.

Rabat proposes expanded autonomy under its sovereignty, while the “Polisario” calls for a referendum for self-determination, a proposal backed by Algeria, which is home to tens of thousands of refugees from the region.


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